The National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has insisted on finding a replacement for Ambode despite the President Buhari’s intervention. Tinubu does not want Ambode to continue as a Lagos State Governor beyond 2019.
The APC heavyweight an political godfather in Lagos State Bola Tinubu jet out of Lagos to meet with the President Buhari. But it appeared that Buhari attempt to convince Tinubu to drop his plan did not yield any fruit. Tinubu has vowed to go ahead to represent Jide Sanwoolu as a possible replacement.
Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Jide Sanwoolu have obtained APC expression of interest form to confront the Incumbent Governor of Lagos State AKinwunmi AMbode in 2019 Governorship election.
The mandate caucus, headed by Tinubu in the APC, had endorsed Sanwoolu, while the chairmen of the 57 councils in the state also gave their backing to the former Lagos commissioner.
Governor Ambode had to out to denied any rift with the Tinubu.
Punch reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; and Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, were said to have embarked on a last-minute move to save Ambode.
It was gathered on Thursday that after the meeting between Tinubu and Akiolu did not yield any result, the former Lagos State governor was summoned to Abuja.
Sources told our correspondents that the meeting was influenced by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, who was said to have been called by members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, a body currently being headed by the governor’s wife, Bolanle Ambode.
The source said, “The issues are many – alleged sidelining of party elders, the scrapping of PSP waste management initiative, the sacking of highway managers, award of contracts to a few cronies, ignoring advice from party leaders – they are many, and Asiwaju did not see how all could be resolved without Ambode leaving.